Madeira is the best kept secret of Europe. Stepping off the boat into Madeira is like stepping through into Narnia and after leaving it you will definitely feel like you’ve been part of a magical world. The beautiful surroundings of the island coupled with the laid back way of life means that any stresses felt before arriving will instantly disappear. The ideal time for a holiday in Maderia is in October and November but it can be enjoyed all year round since temperatures rarely fall below 20C. Discover this paradise by booking your holiday in Madeira today with lastminute.com.
Although an island, a holiday in Madeira is not a beach holiday - Madeira means wood in Portuguese and it is not hard to see why the island was named so. Madeira is dominated by mountains, forest, flora and fauna. The Laurisilva forest is the largest surviving area of laurel forest in the world and has a rich and unique ecosystem meaning it is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. A walk through the forest to the edge of the cliffs provides spectacular views and will definitely provide you with a setting to wave your worries away. There is a variety of beautiful gardens and for those who love flowers and a flower festival also takes place in the spring. A holiday in Madeira can however be enjoyed by both nature enthusiasts and amateurs alike.
Madeira was born from a volcano and the island is the proud owner of a stunning coastline. On the most northern point of Madeira are the volcanic salt water pools of Porto Moniz which tourists can swim in and enjoy. The sea around Madeira is almost always warm, crystal clear and full of marine wildlife as well as dolphins and whales and therefore heaven for scuba divers. Canico offers a blue flat pebble beach. For those who want to enjoy a day on the beach the island Porto Santo is just a 2 hour ferry ride from the Island and offers sun lovers many miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Check out holidays to Porto Santo here Madeira boasts 1,350 miles of levadas (mini canals) which weave through the island and offer endless routes for hikers and those after a gentle stroll.
Visit the city of Funchal as it offers a contrast to the rest of the Island but still maintains the charm of this beautiful land. You can climb to the top of the town and enjoy some spectacular views or simply sit and watch the world go by in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants. Another town worth visiting is Santa Cruz which offers some activities for younger children including a water park. At New Year Madeira puts on the world’s biggest firework display which is a must see. Check out holidays to Santa Cruz here now!